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BLM: England and Australia condemned for not taking a knee


The decision by cricketers representing Australia and England not to take a knee before commencing their latest series has been called “lame” by a former West Indies player.

The former paceman spoke about how meaningful change was needed following the death of George Floyd in police custody in the United States, which sparked a wave of protests across the globe.

England and West Indies cricketers took a knee at the start of each of their three Tests in July.

The practice was repeated during England's one-day international series against Ireland but not in subsequent series against Pakistan and Australia.

England and Australia are playing each other in a three-match ODI series at Old Trafford.

"I'm a little bit disappointed that since the England-Ireland series, when they did take a knee, I haven't seen any of the teams take a knee," Holding said on his YouTube channel.

"Now that the West Indies team has gone home, that doesn't mean that you still shouldn't be respecting the message and exactly what it stands for."

Holding accused the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and Australia captain Aaron Finch of making "lame" statements over ending the practice at a time when many other sports teams remain committed to it.